1. Prepare employees: Provide digital skills and lifelong learning to create an adaptable workforce
- Microsoft has launched a programme to provide free digital literacy training in the UK. Specific initiatives include ‘Cloud Skills’, which will train 500,000 people in advanced cloud technology skills by 2020, along with a scheme to upskill 30,000 civil servants in a range of digital technologies.1
- The digital skills gap is costing the UK economy an estimated £63 billion a year in lost additional GDP. 2
2. Anticipate automation: Create new roles, where technology complements humans, and support communities to manage the transition
- Airbus and Accenture have introduced smart glasses to the A330 aircraft manufacturing process, combining augmented reality and 3D viewing to transform the efficiency and safety of factory workers. The error rate has reduced to zero and workforce productivity has increased by 500%.
- An estimated 15 million UK jobs are at risk from automation by 2035.3
3. Extend employer responsibility: Provide security, job protection and benefits for the growing ‘gig’ economy workforce
- allpay, the online payments company, is committed to paying all employees, including self-employed and temporary staff, a living wage. The first employer in Herefordshire (one of the lowest paid counties) to make this commitment, allpay has increased engagement and access to talent.
- People who do irregular work for a decade suffer an average cognitive decline of 6.5 years compared with those who have regular hours.4
1. UK Digital Strategy, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1st March 2017.
2. House of Commons, Digital Skills Crisis, 2016.
3. Haldane, Labour’s Share, 2015.
4. BMJ, Chronic effects of shift work on cognition: findings from the VISAT longitudinal study, 2014.